Alcoholics Anonymous III

Lead: Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people kick their addiction to liquor, but like all human institutions, the group is not without its critics.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Since its founding in 1935, AA has shown remarkable resistance to institutional sclerosis. The emphasis on anonymity and local control have kept conflict at a minimum. That said the organization is not without its flaws and it has critics. They point out that AA is beneficial to many individuals, but not all.

Alcoholics Anonymous II

Lead: Established as a part of the Christian religious tradition, Alcoholics Anonymous soon evolved into a multi-sectarian group with traditions and precepts all its own.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Delivered of his dependence on alcohol in 1934, William Griffiths Wilson became an enthusiastic convert and soon with his own first convert, Dr. Bob, were finding success with other alcoholics and they established Alcoholics Anonymous stressing small group meetings, admission of a permanent addiction to alcohol, conversion to some concept of the divine, and willingness to share their struggle and success with others so afflicted.

Alcoholics Anonymous I

Lead: Born of despair and yet giving hope to millions, Alcoholics Anonymous, through its principles and methods maps a pathway out of addiction into sobriety.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: By December 1934, William Griffiths Wilson, a theretofore-successful stock broker had just about reached the end of his resources. He was an alcoholic, hopelessly addicted to liquor and in deep peril professionally and personally. Three times before he had taken the detox treatment at Charles Town’s posh Manhattan retreat for well-to-do devotees of alcohol. Each time he went back to the bottle. This was his fourth attempt at getting sober. Wilson was deeply in debt. His career was ruined. To his care givers, the only possibility seemed long-term institutionalization. The attending physician had prescribed the Belladonna Cure, hourly injections of a hallucinogenic made from a poisonous nightshade, a plant designed to invoke relaxation and sobriety out of the discomfort of the treatment.